Phong Nha Caves or or Phong Nha-Kẻ Bàng is a favourite destination of Vietnam as well as an UNESCO World Heritage site.
The mysterious yet magical caves of Phong Nha
Understand Phong Nha
Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park is famous for its karst mountains which are considered the oldest in Asia as well as its hundreds of amazingly stunning caves in all shapes and length.
How to get there?
By air: Closest airport is Dong Hoi. Vietnam Airlines operate regular flights to Dong Hoi.
By train: Trains available to Dong Hoi from Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi. Hue is just few hours drive away from there.
By bus: Regular DMZ transfer buses (500,000VND) are available from Hue Backpackers. Visit Ben Hai River Museum en route. A daily local bus (60,000 VND) also goes to Phong Nha from Dong Hoi. From Hue too, you can get buses.
Beautiful Hue city, the journey starts from here
Costs: Private tour cost for 1 day can start from $115 while group tour can begin from $50.
What to See?
National Park: 3000USD for 6 day stay
Phong Nha caves: 80,000 VND
Tien Son Caves: 40,000 VND
Nuoc Mooc Spring Eco Trail: 50,000 VND
Thien Duong or Paradise Cave: 120,000 VND
Tu Lan Cave System
Hang En cave
Hang Son Doong
The Dark Cave is not for the faint-hearted
Go kayaking, camping, trekking, swimming in the rivers and also bicycling down the lanes.
If you are planning to camp, don’t go all alone. The authorities do not much love that idea. Also, mosquito repellant is a must for all.
Off the Beaten Path Tips:
Visit Dark Cave. For that you have to cross a river, trek and swim through a cave full of mud followed by another kayaking. Don’t miss that.